Author: Kiki Sullivan
Series: Book One in the Dolls Series
Published By: Balzer & Bray (September 2, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Contemporary
My Rating: 2.5 Stars
Eveny Cheval just moved back to Louisiana after spending her childhood in New York with her aunt Bea. Eveny hasn’t seen her hometown since her mother’s suicide fourteen years ago, and her memories couldn’t have prepared her for what she encounters. Because pristine, perfectly manicured Carrefour has a dark side full of intrigue, betrayal, and lies—and Eveny quickly finds herself at the center of it all.
Enter Peregrine Marceau, Chloe St. Pierre, and their group of rich, sexy friends known as the Dolls. From sipping champagne at lunch to hooking up with the hottest boys, Peregrine and Chloe have everything—including an explanation for what’s going on in Carrefour. And Eveny doesn’t trust them one bit.
But after murder strikes and Eveny discovers that everything she believes about herself, her family, and her life is a lie, she must turn to the Dolls for answers. Something’s wrong in paradise, and it’s up to Eveny, Chloe, and Peregrine to save Carrefour and make it right.
Like a moth to a flame I am drawn to stories about the supernatural and in particular about witches. I have loved them since I was a little girl and I will continue to love them. Sadly, like the moth, I sometimes get burned. Thankfully, this wasn't one of those times.
My intuition paid off and you know what? I really liked this one. It wasn't perfect but it had mystery and intrigue and best of all, magic, the voodoo kind. Okay, not voodoo but zandara which is close enough right?
Okay yes, there are cliches, awful ones in fact. Popular rich beautiful girls that rule the school, hot guy she has a crush one, cute sweet boy she hardly notices, creepy vibes throughout the town, all that jazz but sometimes those cliches come together and work and for me, this time they did. They won't work for everyone, in fact maybe few but they did for me.
If I had to compare this to another story I would say it comes close to having the same vibe as the Beautiful Creatures series, but not quite, it has that whole down south rich gothic feel to it with a hint of wrongness and magic in the air and of course the huge creepy vibe going on.
Even with all the wrongness, this was still right. Still mysterious and magical and I couldn't help but get wrapped up in the story. This isn’t a great work of literature or even a stand out blow you away read but it was engaging and let me completely forget everything for a few hours and get whisked away to another town and place and I have to give it kudos for that alone. This was intriguing enough that I won't hesitate to pick up the second book and see where the story goes from here because it really was interesting and fun and yes, slightly creepy.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*